A new national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project illustrates just how ingrained video games have become in youth culture--a phenomenon with important implications for 21st-century learning.
The survey found that while young Americans don't necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them--boys and girls--play video games of one kind or another.
And they don't just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with internet friends.
"It shows that gamers are social people," says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at Pew who led...